Laverda SF

The Laverda SF’s moniker is Italian for Super Freni, or “Super Brakes.” Laverda originally developed the dual leading shoe drum brakes for the first SF sereies in its own factory—a rarity when most other companies were outsourcing such components. Later it would sport dual discs and be known as an SF2.


It lacks the stock fairing and pared down racer disposition of the SFC (C stands for Competizione) but in the exchange the SF is a thoroughly more rideable motorcycle. FIrst, it’s road legal. But moreover as a naked bike its appearance belies the thunderous 750cc motor that is the very same power plant the SFC starts out with.


Start Here: Intro 70s Italian Superbikes

The Ducati Story
Ducati 350 Mark 3-D (1968-1972)
Ducati 350 Desmo (1971-1972)
Ducati 750S (1972-1974)
Ducati 750SS (1973-1974)
Ducati 900SS (1975-1982)
Ducati Darmah (1977-1982)
Ducati MHR (1979-1984) 

The Laverda Story
Laverda 750S (1969-1970)
Laverda SF (1970-1976)
Laverda SFC (1971-1976)
Laverda Jota (1976-1983)
Laverda Montjuic (1979-1981)

The Moto Guzzi Story
Moto Guzzi V7 Telaio Rosso (1971)
Moto Guzzi V7 Sport (1971-1974)
Moto Guzzi 750S (1974-1975)
Moto Guzzi Lemans 850 (1976-1978)

The MV Agusta Story
MV Agusta 750S (1971-1974)
MV Agusta 750 America (1975-1977)
MV Agusta Magni 861

BonusThe Benelli 750 Sei

Illustrations: Martin Squires
Studio photography: David Genat
Bike owner: Robbie Rhodes, Scooter Bottega